July 24, 2018, 8 PM
Great Hall of the Dzintari Concert Hall

OPENING CONCERT. BORN IN LATVIA

Performers: Kristīne Opolais /soprano/, Kalvis Kalniņš /baritone/,

Vineta Sareika /violin/, Ksenija Sidorova /accordion/,

Mikus Akots /guitar/, Daniils Bulajevs /violin/,

Latvia’s Centenary Youth Symphony Orchestra, conductor Ainārs Rubiķis

Programme:

Astors Pjacolla, “Adios Nonino” un “Cafe 1930″ no “Histoire du tango”
Dmitrijs Šostakovičs, “Valsis”
Žans Sibēliuss, Vijolkoncerts, 3. daļa
Moriss Ravēls, “Čigāniete”
Antonio Vivaldi Koncerts Do mažorā, 1. un 3. daļa
Džoakino Rosinī, Figaro kavatīne no operas “Seviļas bārddzinis”
Volfgangs Amadejs Mocarts “La ci darem” no operas “Dons Žuans”
Francis Lehārs “Meine Lippen” no operas “Giuditta”
Jānis Mediņš “Ziedu valsis”
Pēteris Barisons “Bērnības rīti”
Romualds Kalsons “Gadskārtu ieražu dziesmas”

The “Born in Latvia” project will establish a unique symphony orchestra that will be made up of Latvia’s best young musicians as part of the celebration of Latvia’s centenary. The young people will have an excellent opportunity to improve their skills together with outstanding Latvian musicians who are world famous — Kristīne Opolais, Ksenija Sidorova and Vineta Sareika. Each artist will work with a young and promising musician with whom a performance will be presented during he concert. The three mentors will be managed by accompanist and conductor Ainārs Rubiks, who is the musical director of the Berlin Comic Opera. They will teach master’s classes, conduct ongoing rehearsals, and take part in a summer camp where the programme for the concert will be determined. Latvian Public Television will present the best parts of this musical adventure, and this will be the only international project that is part of the Latvian centenary that will be distributed to interested parties abroad, as well.

Kristine Opolais is one of the most sought after sopranos on the international scene today, appearing at the Metropolitan Opera New York, Wiener Staatsoper, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro alla Scala, Opernhaus Zürich and Royal Opera House Covent Garden. She is working with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Antonio Pappano, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder, Daniel Harding, Andris Nelsons, Fabio Luisi, Kirill Petrenko and Semyon Bychkov.

In the 2017/18 season Opolais continues her notable collaboration with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, making her role debut as Elsa in “Lohengrin”, in a new production by David Alden. Previously in London, Opolais has particularly cemented her title as “the leading Puccini Soprano of today” (The Telegraph), appearing in Kent’s 2014 production as Manon Lescaut, as well as starring as Cio-Cio San and Floria Tosca. This season Opolais returns to the Wiener Staatsoper for signature performances of “Madama Butterfly”.

Kristine Opolais is known for notable collaborations with the Metropolitan Opera, her performances frequently broadcast in HD worldwide. She starred as the title role in Zimmerman’s 2017 production of “Rusalka”, and received critical praise for her “vocally lustrous and achingly vulnerable performance” (NY Times). Opolais maintains a strong relationship with the Met since her debut as Magda in “La Rondine”. Famously, in 2014 she made history at the Met, with two role debuts in 18 hours. She gave a renowned performance in “Butterfly”, only to step in for a matinee of “La boheme” the next day, which was cinema broadcast worldwide. Opolais has a strong relationship with the Bayerische Staatsoper, which began in 2010 when she made her acclaimed debut as Rusalka in Kušej’s production. Since this time Opolais has appeared in titles including “Manon Lescaut”, “Madama Butterfly”, Tatjana in “Onegin” and Margherita in “Mefistofele”. Opolais also notably appeared as the title role of “Jenůfa” at Opernhaus Zurich, in a new Tcherniakov production.

In recent seasons, Opolais’ concert and recital appearances have included dates the Salzburg Festival, BBC Proms, George Enescu Festival and Tanglewood Festival, the Musikverein, Concertgebouw and Carnegie Hall, to name but a few. Opolais has appeared with orchestras including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Concertgebouworkest, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Filarmonica della Scala. This season she makes her debut with the Wiener Philharmoniker.

Opolais’ most recent recording was released in October 2017, a DVD of Tosca, from Himmelmann’s 2017 production in Baden-Baden, with the Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.

/Photo: Tatyana Vlasova/